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much involved in action oriented programs. want to be known as the thing tank. i want to be known as an action oriented place that can make a difference in the world. i want to thank you all for having faith in us when we first convince you to support the bush center on the smu campus. laura and i just got back from a boy, and the nba. we went over there because at the bush center, one of her major initiatives is to honor human life. we believe all life is precious, whether they live in america for the continent of africa were disturbed by the fact that many women who have hiv/aids -- hiv virus are getting cervical cancer and not much is being done about it. so with your help could whip together together a collaborative effort to save lives. part of the mission was to kick off what we call pink ribbon, red pregnant in botswana as well as follow up in zambia where we kicked it off in december. laura and i also liked to go on refurbish a clinic. i wanted it to be a matter doesn't matter what your status is in life, you're never too proud to handily pay rush. ended up with more paint
received distinguished service cross for his actions but it is typical of many rangers out there, never been a ranger who received a medal of honor and after the breast campaign the men moved in boxcars that could take 40 men or eight horses, moved up to a place which some people call the factory of death, a six months campaign, the longest battle of world war ii that never took place, the allies were convinced the forest would be an assembly area that if it wasn't neutralized the allied armies would be attacked, the germans recognized the forces in a natural defensive place and spend several days pouring it with german veterans, every single -- the place was pre registered, there were bunkers, it was a death trap. there were hundreds and hundreds of thousands of mines across the forest floor and conifer trees blocked the sunlight, it was hard to see at times. in blog co. a battalion was placed at the reserve unit. it was fair, special operations missions and many of them took place. but all the men have universally said one thing, our longest day was not d-day. was december 7th, 1944.
, wait. hold your horses. do not take action because kissinger is going to move on with provided doctors. when the telegram was sent from the state department to the embassy during yom kippur, the egyptian and syrian armies were already on their way to destroy the jewish state. that is an example of a mistake because the leader at the time, she was afraid to take a preemptive attack. she was afraid to hold the reserve because she said i don't know what will be the reaction in washington. and dr. kissinger was very strong. nixon was going down, he was going up and she was afraid from his reaction. because of her approach, we almost lost the world. that is why today we do with the issue of iran, we have to take the decision which is good for israel. maybe it will not be popular in the u.n. for sure. everything you say about israel and the standard of the one sponsored by u.s. money of some event maybe one day will be a committee to look at the decision and the u.n. but also it will not be popular in the u.s. only today, secretary clinton a few hours ago said we should not put any red light
received the distinguished service cross for the actions. but it's typical of many of the rangers out there, they never -- there's never been a ranger in world war ii that received the medal of honor. and after the campaign the men moved in boxcars that could take 40 men or eight horses, 0 -- 40 and 8. they moved up to the factory of death. it was a six month campaign. it was a battle, the longest battle of world war ii or that never needed to take place. the forest was -- the allies were convinced the forest was going to be an assembly area that if it wasn't neutralized, the allied armies would be attacked from the flanks. the germans recognized the forest as a natural defensive place. they spent several days in the forest, and i've severe every single -- there were, the place was preregistered, there were bunkers, it was a death trap. there were hundreds and hundreds of thousands of mines strewn across the forest floor, there were conifer trees that blocked the sunlight. it was very hard to seat at times. and dog company and the second ranger pal onwas placed in the -- battalion was place
to be a powerful nation on the earth has decided to take powerful action against the weakest, most vulnerable individuals on the earth. and those are children without families. it makes no sense whatsoever for the country of russia to take the action that they did, because they're in a disagreement with us here in america, and maybe others around the world, about human rights violations regarding adults. the russian government in front of the whole world has taken that out, their anger and frustration, on their own children. their own children, who are orphans, their own children who are sick, their own children who in some cases are disabled. it makes no sense in the world. i was trying to thank, the senator from missouri, what would ever possess the united states of america or any country to take their anger and frustrations out on children. and that's what the duma did. and so they are hurting their own children and we would like to urge them strongly in this resolution, which i'm going to submit for its immediate consideration on my behalf and senator blunt and senator inhofe, we would li
on marshall and fdr to get this kind of action in place? >> i don't think he bluffed marshall or fdr, but, of course, he was a good politician. he was a great politician. he used to say he didn't like politics, but the approval rating of president was 65%, a number modern politicians would kill for. he was very good. the way he did it, and i'm not the first to discover it, but he had the great gift of being underestimated and how useful it was to be underestimated, and so montgomery could swan around, and churchill could bluster, and patton could be patton, and eisenhower kept it steady because he knew he was in charge. he let other people have the glory and blow off the steam, but at the end. -- but at the end of the day, he was running the show. he was marvelous at it. nothing preabs you to be president, but running the liberation of europe is not a bad preparation. [laughter] on the first night in office, he writes in the diary, "plenty of troubles and challenges ahead, but, you know, in a way, it feels like a continuation of what i did since 1941 and before." he was unphased by the jo
. galante in her role as acting f.a.a. commissioner has failed, mr. president, to take serious actions to shore up the solvensolvency and prevent a tar bailout of the federal housing streasmghts the latest actuarial report shows that f.h.a. has a negative economic value and a taxpayer bailout is most likely. despite these warnings, f.h.a. waited until april of 2012 to raise additional premiums and secretary donovan, secretary of h.u.d., has testified to the senate banking committee that it will wait until next year to increase premiums by a meager 10 basis points. despite having statutory authority to do more to protect the taxpayers. ms. gallon lay tai has deathed the true -- ms. galante has denied the true severity of the problems. last year she said, "there's no evidence or widespread prediction that home prices are going to decline to the kind of levels that would require a bailout." really? yet, although some prices have risen slightly, the f.h.a.'s financial position continues to deteriorate. several experts now conclude that a taxpayer bail outis simply a matter of time, mr. pre
is >> by the government is sent. >> big government makes decisions and takes action based on political agenda, they sounded so foolish political. it's about meeting its own political selfish needs and free markets are meeting the real-world needs of people. >> is somebody who follows economics and former financial journalist and has opinions on this issue, bernie middaugh, jamie diamond, in your view with those two treated fairly by the federal government? >> i would even put them in the same breath actually. i didn't bernie middaugh probably be deserved. he's a serial killer capitalism. you don't condemn a whole society of criminal elements and street crimes. you don't say everybody should be in jail because he thought criminals. there's bad people in all systems. the cap will assist in of a free-market system will channel people self-interest into the most construct of activity that benefit everyone. >> jamie diamond called before congress because his company lost money. >> there's a risk and market. he did a very good job in the series pushing back and explaining. that's really scary right
? >> no, i think one can be -- how do i put this? kennedy did not approve hitler's action towards the jews, she was appalled, kennedy came up with his own plan to rescue the jews, but kennedy and his speeches, in his letters, and his comments and his conversations it became abundantly clear to me every myth about the jewish conspiracies, about being a loyal to one another, about jews running the new deal that was called the jew deal by many. kennedy was anti-semitic in many ways, but he was not a nazi idle and not a sympathizer of hitler. he was not charles lindbergh. >> you talk about joseph kennedy because of his character i guess. also the case that she didn't visit who became president when he got sick then joe kennedy had an affair and he was never at home. the kids mimic the mothers, so the homa wasn't as happy as we seem to think, and yet the children are outstanding individuals. how did that come about? i have written three biographies now and one of the things i've learned when is that people are contradictory. there is no one in this room that hasn't done anything that a loved on
the community's standards and committing oneself to their trait some potential freedom of action we are not going to let the kids grow up and shoes or i am going to make a commitment i consider myself a citizen of the world as an example to accept responsibility. some treat freedom of action for increased security in a moment and the two community members share certain basic assumptions and so for their behavior is more predictable. they may violate community standards but the penalty is as the communication ostracism as and costly and so transgression of the norms is more restricted. but time with strangers must constantly be spent establishing the elements of intimacy. our most is viewed as a family and functions almost completely in modes of behavior so long and definitely established that they become unconscious. in the family cow one grieves, praises, reprimands, apologizes, why is, demands, complains, these are the one conscious deutsch of the family familiar completely unknown and completely clear and the inclusion of the most beloved of house guests shatters the family inter
impose on marshall and fdr to get this kind of action in place because i don't think you bluffed marshall. but, of course, he was a good politician. he was a great politician. his approval rating as president was 65%. a number that modern politicians would kill for. and he was very good, and the way he did it, hardly the first to discover that, he had a great gift of being underestimated. he knew how useful was to be underestimated. and so montgomery had swung around and churchill would bluster and general patton could be general patton. eisenhower kept his steady shield because he was the guy in charge. he let other people have the going to let other people blow off steam, but at the end of the day he was running the show. he was marvelous and. as you say, imagine the scale of what he had to deal with. of course, nothing prepares you to be president. nothing does. but the liberation of europe is not a bad preparation, and on his first night in office he writes in a diary, funny of trouble and challenges ahead, but in a way it feels like a continuation of what i've been doing since 1941,
important role, but nothing happened without the actions of this man, and those other 52 africans onboard that vessel. theirs was the actions that set everything else in motion. so, i wanted to return to that. and i also wanted to question what had seemed to me to become one of the main arguments about the amistad case, and that was that it was a great success story about the american legal system. the fact that the supreme court could rule in their favor proved that the american legal system was the hero of the case, alongside john quincy adams. to which i ask, do you mean the same legal system that was holding two and a half million people in bondage at that moment? that's the hero of the story? i don't think so. i think we have to go back and look at the rebellion itself, and especially to look at those africans who met the rebellion. so what we have in both history and film, is actually very good history from above. history that stresses the likes of john quincy adams. what i wanted to do was to write a different kind of history, what anna called history from below. whose history is i
know this: that pleas for immediate action, for jobs, for tax justice, for climate action will, at best, be met with proposals for modest accommodation and half measures and that the struggle for deep, systemic change will be met with fierce opposition. so an all-important conclusion emerges. namely, that the prospects for systemic change will depend mightily on our democracy and on the power of the social and political movement that is built. transformative change, and even most of the proposals for reform offered by progressives in washington today, will not be possible without a new politics in america. so a pro-democracy political reform and building a new, progressive movement in america must be priority number one. in the end, it all comes down the to the american people and the strong possibility that we still have it in us to use our freedom and our democracy in powerful ways to create something fine; a reborn america for our children and grandchildren. we can realize the new american dream, an america the possible, if enough of us join together in the fight for it. this new dre
the regulators? to say the least government actions before the crisis were seriously inadequate to protect against the economic debacle. knots' and related is the fact that the financial insurance and real-estate sector was by far the greatest source of campaign contributions to federal candidates and parties contributed almost half a billion dollars in the election cycle 2007-2008 alone. financial services industry too often used its clout to lobby for government policies that ultimately hurt rather than benefited major financial terms. classic was the may fannie mae and freddie mac fought for years against more capable supervision and better capital standards. that might have saved them from making bad decisions that destroyed the two companies in 2008. the industry's political strength impeded other supervisory actions as well such as the effort of regulators to limit excessive lending concentrations in non-traditional mortgages or commercial real-estate. the question then becomes whether from the perspective of organization and management there's any major recommendation that if well i
and humanly and naturally possible. later that day i wandered down to the cemetery with the famous mr. action epitaph and realized quite by accident the last place on the mountain where the sun shines is his grave. so it is so like jefferson to soak up every last hour every moment of energy and a flight. so what do we make of this man who was so eager to increase the day to enjoy it and to endure as long as he did? - we have to see him for what he was. he was a working politician. here is what george washington wrote to jefferson and hamilton and they're relatively rough early days in the cabin at in the 79 peace wendi as jefferson put we were put in the cabinet like cops at each other's throats. here's washington. however unfortunate while we are encompassed on all sides with avowed enemies and insidious trends that internal dissensions should be hearing and tearing our titles. harrowing and tearing our titles it's a very vivid phrase jon adams in the same era said jefferson's mind is poisoned with passion, prejudice and faction. hamilton said of jefferson this is how well it worked, hamilto
played a part not just the union army but the connection between the actions within the confederacy and the military pressures they're really explain what happened. >>host: you one of frederick douglass book prize and a finalist for the pulitzer and university of pennsylvania. professor mccurry. thank-you. >> man well is a correspondent for the "washington post" and the author of the rise of margot rubio. what is the appeal of marco rubio? >> a talented or greater but he represents an opportunity to see how a hispanic politician will play at the national level. of person that people outside the republican party will be watching to get a sense is a latino politician who can broaden the base outside of the community's. >>host: is he running for president? >> who is into and they are elected to the senate? [laughter] he is ambitious, rising very quickly and has established himself in a hurry as a voice of consequence on major issues such as immigration. no question people within the infrastructure looked to him as somebody to place on the short best. >> that but how far away was the? >
in conservative politics. their actions alone marked a alone marked their different backgrounds and experiences. it is easy to forget that buckley was once a fledgling writer and publisher trying to stimulate himself and the world of politics and letters. the son of a oil baron, and thurmond was a priceless compact, father and son both. later, after a seachange inaugurated on the civil rights movement, thurmond would not be the only conservative leader with a segregationist record in need of scrubbing. in the 20 century american right was a smaller, more interconnected world than we often remember. now, i think strom thurmond life is interesting for the life that it shed on southern and -- it properly the light it sheds on southern a national politics in the second half of the 20th century. but strom thurmond's life is also interesting simply as a life. i mean, the man lived to be 100. he was full of twists and turns. it was full of psychological complexity, and unintended consequences, and it was full of secrets, too, right? we know the secret of his having fathered an african-american daughte
character even in interactional action. >> lenin returns to moscow from exile and people turn out to see one in. this guy gets off the train in the spring a business suit and they are looking for this fiery, dressed like a worker. you keep it going for a while and you're still waiting to get off of the train and then he says something to somebody. this was left. i thought that was a great piece of business because it just meant you don't always get what should expect. talking about a character everybody supposed to know. >> monday made a long journey to st. petersburg to the station where he made that speech and while he was in sweden, the swedish communists.net close. out of the goodness of their heart because he arrived at the finland station looking like a bush vote, which is mildly embarrassing. >> yes, that's a true story. >> i have to ask you this, but do you ever -- are there are days that go by in the place he would write that you say that's what i'm going today. >> i never do that. i have good days and bad days, but on a bad day every something knowing they can fix it tomorrow. righ
important role. but nothing happened we know without the actions of this man. it was the actions that set everything else in motion. so returning to that. i want to return to that. i also wanted to question what seemed seem to me was one of the main arguments about this case. and that was that it was a great success story about the american legal system you fact that the supreme court could rule in their favor prove that the american legal system was the hero of the case alongside john quincy adams. to which i ask, do you mean the same legal system that was only 2.5 million people in bondage? at that moment. that is the hero of the story. i don't think so. i think we have to go back and look at the rebellion itself, especially looking at those africans who made the rebellion. so what we have here in both history and film is actually very good history from above. history that stresses the likes of john quincy adams. what i wanted to do was write a different kind of history. what you call history from below. whose history is a? was rebellion was a? what does it mean to us now? those are que
-term benefits that our investments in us in our society. federally as well as our actions. >> you are speaking in your forward about actions -- we talk in this book about small actions people take that can help homeless young people. can you talk about how that works in the city? >> i have had lots of conversations with people who were in tough times, famous people like tyler perry who was homeless and living in a car, to people i know throughout my community who have dealt with brutal hatred because they came out of the closet at a young age. all these stories is amazing to me that all these people, stories about how young person, one small act of kindness was a differencemaker for the amended gives me chills to think we all have that power. the biggest thing we do in any day could be a small act of kindness for someone else. the vulnerability, the fragility of life, in cities like ours in new york and new jersey and how it doesn't take that much effort to be there for our kids. i was very happy during sandy we did some things to raise through covenant house and the cooperation of extraordina
and it's far more vital when one person acts on it and i love his son was inspired to take action like that. and randy became one of the heroes. >> host: the first call for brad comes from matthew in portland, oregon. hi, matthew. >> caller: good morning. can you hear me? >> host: good morning. >> caller: i just like to bring up a couple women heroes i was thinking. famous in ireland in ulster, a famous warrior woman that was known the pest warrior out of all of ireland and she had a training camp in ulster where all the real high-quality warriors would go and learn from her. and a lady in -- that helicopter -- a welsh lading that helped lead a resistance against a roman invasion, and bill hooks, a famous writer, and also -- advocating for compulsory education for girls in pakistan who was tried and murdered. i'd like to make that comment. my condolences to your parents, and i love that. i love how you talked about the -- do not have to be -- more than capable of being trained to be able to defend themselves. and, yeah, so peace and love. >> host: matthew. >> guest: i appreciate that.
when that antitrust action was brought against him. don't tell yourself that was just some do-gooder action by some holier than thou bureaucrat in washington. those guys were paid off and egged on by people in silicon valley who couldn't compete with bill gates. >> host: there's just a little taste of donald luskin's "i am john galt: today's heroic innovators building the world and the villainous parasites destroying it." this is booktv on c-span2. >> visit booktv.org to watch any of the programs you see here online. type the author or book title in the search bar on the upper left side of the page and click search. you can also share anything you see on booktv.org easily by clicking share on the upper left side of the page and selecting the format. booktv streams live online for 48 hours every weekend with top nonfiction books and authors.
torched the philadelphia. a series of fires had gone people to thinking and no action was taken. it was hard and a little frightening. as christmas approached, people forgot something. instead, the shells of overpriced gifts and freshwater at $3 per barrel and crawled up before their fighters. none were willing to take the phenomenal steps towards preventing the tragedy they so feared. in which broderick was experienced and knew was inevitable. instead, they press their noses against the window panes and watch black water flowed on the muddy streets to the shallow code. a horse shoe shaped bite in the western shore filled with abandoned ship. -- >> i have written another book that deals with these. between 1849 and 1851 ,-com,-com ma a perfectly good ship, people that got into the gold rush -- they jump overboard. they are not going to wait a second. they are going to get up and mine the gold. they left behind all of the ships. 1000 ships left. so on these ships we had 10,000 people. again, no one had ever written about this. so we have a gentleman with cows and sermons. you kno
. >> the other extraordinary thing you say is 8000 rebels were killed in action. 11,000 died in the prison ships. most of those are in new york. one ship has 7000. >> i think a total of the two prison ships that are off now the brooklyn navy yard two prison ships had something at 11,000 people that died on them. again they are not the people who you would necessarily build a giant memorial singularly. those prison ships, washington protests them all through the war. the people on the ships, they were not being fed and they were dying on the ships. if you were an officer or you had some money, but if you are neither of those things, then you died on them. the thing is, after the war, even 27% died on them. more people died on prison ships than died in all the battles but after the war nobody does anything about these prison ships filled with bones. they are still riding the ferry to manhattan and saying hey i can see these ruins out here and all of these bones are on there. wittman is writing editorials in the 18 30s and 40s saying that we have to do something about this. we have made a memorial
and our society, and we should begin to prioritize these things federally as well as our actions locally. >> mayor, you were speaking in your forward about the small actions that people took to help your father. we talk in the book quite a bit about the small actions that people take that can help homeless young people. can you talk a little bit about how that works in a city? >> yeah. well, first of all, i've had lots of conversations with people who, quote-unquote, have made it, and when they were in tough times from famous people like tyler perry who was homeless, living in a car, to people i know throughout my community who have got, broken drug addictions, who have dealt with brutal, brutal hatred because they came out of the closet at a young age. all these stories. and it's amazing to me that everybody, including tyler perry, has these stories about how one perp's small act of -- one person's small act of kindness was a difference maker for them. and it gives me chills to think that the biggest thing we actually do on any given day probably could be a small act of kindness to some
, london, hold and, i mean, he was everywhere the action was. he was irresistibly drawn to it. because as a young man he'd entered into what he called the bold and doubtful election between submission and the sword. the american revolution shaped him and grabbed him in the way few historical events, i think, have grabbed any generation or any man. i think he thought of the revolution, actually, almost as an organic thing, almost as a child that had been adopted or created by this group of men -- mostly men -- who would preserve it, make, nurture it, feed it, get it along the way, make sure it survived its adolescence and could grow up and continue to thrive. there was, i think the connection to the revolution and the promise of republican liberty for jefferson was that intimate and that human. to the end of his days, he and adams corresponded in a way about the revolution that was quite proprietary. not in a bad way, but quite paternal because they so cared about the definition of america and the survival and success of america. they did that -- what drove jefferson in this case was th
industrialized world and, indeed, around the world and that a lot of the action is at the very top -- is that better? okay. i'm so short, i have to move the mic. a lot of the action is at the very, very top of the income distribution. so to just give you a quick sense of how things have been changing, i'll give you a few quick numbers. so in the 1970s -- this is now u.s. numbers. in the 1970s the top 1% accounted for roughly 10% of the national income in the u.s. that number now is above 25%. what's even more striking is the top 0.1% now, so 10% of the 1% is now close to 8%. so 10% of the 1% is today within sort of kissing distance of where the 1% was in the '70s. that's a pretty big shift. another way to get a sense of things is -- now not talking about income, but talking about wealth -- if you take the wealth of two admittedly hugely, hugely rich people, bill gates and warren buffett, their wealth is equal to the collective wealth of the bottom 40% of the income distribution in the united states. so two guys are equal to the bottom 120 million americans. that's also pretty big.
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.com he presented a call to action imploring parents to become active participants in changing the reading habits of their two. and on a personal note, when we received the news that james utterson will be with us at the miami book fair this year, i was more than thrilled when i was also not surprised that his primary reason for coming was not to close books, but instead wanted to make celebrating the notion of family reading and that's what were going to do this morning. mr. patterson is going to come out, say some words and then we'll sit down and engage in a bit of a conversation. but that will also take questions from the audience, so how those wheels turning in a can of questions you might have to answer. if you're young, don't be intimidated. , not because i know he does to your questions from youtube. so please give a really, really warm, warm miami and miami book fair welcome to mr. james patterson. [applause] >> hi, i'm stephen king. [laughter] i was walking in here and this lady said new book much taller in your book jacket photos. [laughter] my boy jack came home from prep schoo
of the lack of accountability that has arisen out of this financial crisis. the we have seen some actions from the sec just this week against some of the banks themselves, we have not seen a degree of individual accountability either through the civil auspices of the sec or criminal action to the department of justice. can take your point there is a good one. that sends a really strong message of the exact opposite of what you want to have in the justice system, which is deterrence. the message is that for those executives and those individuals who broke off, who pushed the envelope, who did so for financial reasons, for profit and learned and enjoyed as nasa bonuses going into the financial crisis, the fact that they get to keep all that money and have not been held accountable, whether civilly or criminally, sends a message that, you know what, keep pushing the envelope, keep doing what everyone because you're going to get to keep your money without the fear of the justice system coming in and holding you accountable. and i would say it is partly that and part of the reality that with these
. at 9 p.m. eastern "after words" with cynthia lowen. she talks about her book, "bully," an action plan to combat the bullying crisis. and we conclude tonight's prime time coverage with john meacham. in his biography of thomas jefferson, mr. meacham reports despite mr. jefferson's strong beliefs, he was able to successfully lead the country in a highly partisan political environment. that all happens tonight on c-span2's booktv. >> and now patrick tyler talks about the influence that israeli military leaders have had in shaping israeli government policy since the country's founding. this is about an hour, 20 minutes. [background sounds] >> good afternoon. welcome to the new america foundation, i'm peter bergen. it's really my pleasure to introduce patrick tyler, a man who doesn't need introduction. he's author of multiple books on china, the middle east and most recently the excellent new book, "fortress israel," which is a really excellent account of the last several decades of the kind of israeli national security establishment and, obviously, of considerable interest right now given
of this action. >> at the university happened but in another middle eastern city and survived? >> perhaps, but the american presence was no greater anywhere else in addition to being ambition is an visionary and practical and compassionate come was very picchu radically american. he wanted to create a school that was not going to be controlled by other nationalities or other interests. he wanted a score that represented the american model of education, that this american values and key people in the middle east and awareness that american education was something that would benefit their lives every day in tangible ways and he succeeded. >> why is it important to tell the story? >> has most middle easterners and americans for example are aware of this longer, deeper, humanitarian dimension of america's involvement. when we think about the middle east committee usually centers on oil, israel and military security and middle easterners feel like ways. they don't think about whether the longer routes that have nothing to do with oil, nothing to do with israel having nothing
, not just the union army but it was a connection between the action within the confederacy and the military pressures that were coming from the outside that really explain what happened. >> consider that reckoning when the frederick book prize and the organization of american historians craven of word and was a finalist for the pulitzer and we are the university of pennsylvania talking with history professor stephanie mccurry. thank you for your time. >> thank you. >> you are watching book tv on c-span2 and we are the national press club for the annual authors night and we are joined now by michael ward and of the new york times. in the game is his most recent book. if you could summarize this for us. >> this took me three years and it's the first comprehensive history of the war and iraq and i think what makes it unique is i incorporate not only the views of the american policymakers but all of the iraqi leadership from maliki, their rivals, their adversaries, the former insurgents, and so i incorporated the iraqi account of what was going on as well as the american account and what is hap
to the forewho are willing to take the actions necessary. you have jihadists coming in. that's where is their earn their stripes in a situation like this. some of the groups in syria, the more secular opposition groups, are saying, come on ins, because you're willing to do what's necessary and we're stalemated. you're willing to planned ieds and carry out suicide bombings, and also you need to follow the flow of the money. you follow the money. most of the money supporting the opposition are coming in from private islamist foundations in the persian gulf, so there are even some more secular groups in opposition groups in syria who have named themselves -- the tohed group. these are names that resonate. even though they're more secular because they know that's the only way to get money because the usual mechanisms they tried through turkey, council, haven't worked. one dollar out of every hundred dollars that goes through southern turkey gets to actual fighters and $100 out of hundred from the gulf and more islamist private foundations get to the fighters. so how are you going to pres
out of its financial crisis. we have seen some actions from the sec this week about some of the banks themselves to but we haven't seen a degree of individual accountability for criminal actions have taken place. i think your point is a good one. it sends a really strong message of the exact opposite of what you want to have in the system, which is deterrence. the message is that for these executives and individuals who broke the law, who pushed the envelope, who did so for financial reasons, also for profit, and they earned and enjoy those massive bonuses, the fact that they got to keep all that money and not be held accountable, it sends the message that you know what? keep pushing the envelope. keep doing whatever you want because you will get to keep your money without the fear of the justice system coming in and holding you accountable. i would say it's partly that in part of the reality that with these giant banks we do we put so much effort and so much treasure to rescue. because of the fear that the failure of any one of them would bring down the entire economy. it made them t
example. we could talk but that a bit later, with their or a number of actions that were taken which were designed in some way to mitigate or deflect responsibility for that act in to try to get himself back into the good graces of is not his own people and the outside world . so that's -- i would like to death talk a little bit about in terms of the actual disintegration of the regime, again, the lockerbie bombing was a tremendous marker in the sense that it produced -- it created a time in which there were essentially, you know, the place was hermetically sealed. qaddafi was left to stew in his own juices. oil exports, you know, revenues declined greatly. unable to purchase weapons to the same rate. you know, his real range of maneuver in the outside world was greatly curtailed which personally affected him greatly. affected the people around him who wanted to be able to travel to the spend their, you know, the income that they got from his patronage. that environment created an atmosphere as well and which the islamic opposition take greater group and was essentially cards become more
such as decisionsmaking, inhibiting improper action, not so much -- see neocortex as a huge number of things. >> guest: it does lots of things that high and low levels using the same algorithms. lot of pattern recognizers like the edges of objects or the capital wa and all these primitive functions. it is a high-level conceptual hierarchy. one powerful piece of evidence that came out as i was sending this to the publisher is what happens to the region of the neocortex ready optic words ago? it is very primitive pattern like the edges of objects. it is low level, very simple pattern. what happens to it? a blind person who is not getting any visual information, actually gets taken over by the frontal cortex to help process high-level language concepts. here is the same region doing low-level concept handling high level concepts showing that the algorithm is the same and the difference is the conceptual hierarchy. the hierarchy is created by the neocortex itself. there are actual physical connections connaught axons and dendrites that connect three hundred billion modules. we start with a wiring pattern
the best intentions can take actions that have in morrill results depending on how they carry it out and how well they think things through not just one step in advance but five moves ahead of the time. that's why this gets me to a discussion later on in the book about the realism and what i say is what israel is on? it is more the sensibility than a philosophy. it's about you recognize interest overvalues because if you recognize interest you will be very careful about where you get involved overseas and if you recognize interest you will respect the interest of other nations and their allies compromise. whereas if you make the war out of the values purely coming you are liable to demonize your opponent as an immoral simply because he disagrees with you on the values and therein lies the war and the conflict and precisely because the realists expect conflict and they are less likely to react to it. also they valued the order of freedom because without a semblance of order, freedom doesn't mean anything, people can't practice it in the first place and that is another thing i learned
akeley new york newspaper. after action reports are also at primary source of news funds the work begins. so after action reports or when the commanding a third right a summary of the events of the military engagement and send them up the chain. often in america the president of congress. he would share that report with the local newspaper printer. then dad newspaper the sun that and you receive the report appeared in newspapers up and down the colonies. so we are we have 1777 issue of the continental journal. this includes george washington's own account of the battle of trenton and crossing of the delaware. you can see at the top the dateline baltimore. as for congress is meeting at the time. i said earlier that she really don't see a lot of headlines in the 18th century newspapers. mostly defines an excerpt of a letter from. here is the april 21st 1775 issue of the new hampshire gazette. extraordinary for its content and that it reports the breaking news of the battle of lexington and concord, but also historically significant for journalism. the fact that the left column is dedicated
're not really taking action. and i'm like, you know, this does not sound great. and then he kind of dug the knife in. he says, and actually i have a theory about this. and i'm like, what's your theory? he's like, my theory is your fault. [laughter] i kind of wish i hadn't asked that question. and he's like the problem, eboo, is when you talk about interfaith cooperation, you talk about 100 different things. and the truth is people can't and won't do 100 different things. you have to be able to articulate an aspirational vision of this in a way that people take action and not measure your effectiveness by the applause after speeches. the effectiveness of interfaith cooperation is how many people are becoming interfaith leaders, starting their own interfaith programs on college campuses and going on to vocations of interfaith leadership. not necessarily professional vocations, but as it's part of their identity just like being a human rights activist or an environmentalist or somebody who believes in multicultural cooperation regardless of your profession, right? and being an interfaith l
be some action and you would know what to expect and you wouldn't have this uncertainty. because each party has its dreams, its hopes, its plans. and they would have the chance to get those policies through. we don't have that here.we have to meet each other halfway. because the house is run by the republicans and it will be next time. the senate is run by the democrats but it is not a supermajority. we have to deal with our colleagues. the house -- the president is a democrat. we have to work together. that's the name of the game. and if we can do it on the highway bill, if -- if i could do it with jim inhofe, if debbie stabenow can do it with pat roberts on the farm bill, i know -- and there are other examples i could give. i could give examples of senator feinstein with her republican counterpart. i could give many examples on the appropriations committee. we know we can do this. we just have to take a deep breath and put our ego as side for this country's sake and make those compromise that allow us to still stand tall. now, i'm only five feet so that's hard, but you get the point
action and the next wave will be financial to encourage on to print your shipping give people the tools to start their own businesses and inspire the same generation of leaders. but also to the holy cross community one day in the process has reinforced is a strong fraternity and power the school has had with the highest levels of giving. especially canadian. be don't give. but holy cross when i looked at the network, the power of a cross and the way people support each other it is very inspiring and a testament to wear a hat pins and the support shown for father brooks and these men and their appreciation to be pioneers, i hope it is a story we continue to come back to again and again. with the support i
of an introverted personality. david drayly looks at 1862 and the actions of abraham lincoln in "rise to greatness: abraham lincoln's most perilous year." and in "full body burden: growing up in the nuclear shadow of rocky flats," kristin iverson investigates the nuclear weapons plant that was located near her childhood home. for an extended list of links to various publications' book selections, visit booktv's web site, booktv.org or facebook.com/booktv. >> and another update from capitol hill as reporters wait here for word from lawmakerrers in closed-door meetings on the fiscal cliff. an update via twitter from chad pilgrim of fox news, reid's remark that he had made a counteroffer was off-the-cuff response and that there was no counteroffer, and "the washington post" quoting senator joe lieberman saying he'd be shocked if a deal was struck today. we'll bring you continuing updates. for now, back to booktv programs. [applause] >> well, i actually left my cave. in the mornings i get up, and it's early dawn, and i have a desk for writing and a desk for drawing. and, actually, i sort of like the d
around the world travel as a geo- drama. from the greek for earth, and for action, drama. within the european countries that sponsor the first circumnavigation there was an established tradition of considering the world as a theater. this is an ancient greek idea sustained through roman antiquity and the renaissance and exemplified perhaps most famously in shakespeare's claim that all the world is a stage. but yet it was a metaphor but around the world travelers made it a reality by present themselves as actors on a stage of planetary dimensiondimension s. overtime, circumnavigation would be represent as dramatic entertainment. first in print, been on stage, and later in film. geo- drama is different from geography, meaning depictions of the earth made by writing your entire body in relation to the earth. that whole body experience as a whole earth is well documented in accounts at circumnavigation which describes what it felt like from agonizing to exhilarating. most people never go around the world by now almost everyone has some idea of the big statement that such a journey ma
of action. we couldn't have done anything else in the face of a pretty -- political class. do you share that? >> well, they got it in both directions, and, you know, i don't think you should just act because you're getting a lot of criticism and people are impatient. but if you really think you can accomplish something, you act. now, they get a lot of criticism, it just happened to be in the papers in the last few days for so-called emerging countries that somehow easing measures that the federal reserve is striking is somehow undermining unfairly prospects for the developing world. we have a responsibility for importing for them, that somehow we are hampering and that that criticism just seems to me -- i don't understand it. it's pretty wild that somehow we should tighten up in the united states to help ourself. it's a little far-fetched in terms of the cause and effect. and i agree with what i guess chairman bernanke was saying the other day, that what he's doing is not aimed at emerging countries as some of them are saying. it's aimed for policies to create a recovery in the united states
. so desperate were they test bicep their decision -- their discussion with an affirmative action fascist, role i often played in the days, that they even offered to fly me over on the monstrously expensive concord. and so came about that a few hours later i found myself arguing for nearly all day against four relentless opponents, five if you count the moderator who made candy crowley seem a model of impartiality. [laughter] all the while watching the biggest crowd i've ever seen or ever would see carrying anti-american signs and chanting anti-american slogans. no wonder then that i felt neither for the first bar for the last time as if we anti communists were all alone and up against the whole world, including that part of it we were dedicated to defending, and that we could not possibly prevail against odds like that. thanks be to get high was wrong. there were other occasions on which, with krater justification i felt just as gloomy about our struggle in the world of ideas. by the 1970's, the favorite tactic of the anti anti-communist was not to defend communism. that had been
of war to achieve its national objectives. such actions are over and covert. they arrange from covert action of political alliances, economic measures -- obvious example the plan to aid western europe, and propaganda as support to friendly foreign elements, black psychological warfare, and encouragement of underground resistance in hostile states." i think that's relevant today thinking about the struggle going on in the muslim world between extremism and modernism, and there are muslims open to the appeal of modern -- moderation, but the moderates need a helping hand because they are in the competition of well-funded extremists who, by, definition, are willing to go further and do more than moderates are to seize power. now, when i talk about waging political warfare, i don't have in mind some of the, i think, misguided efforts that characterize the u.s. government in the wake of 9/11 when, for example, president bush appointed first in advertising exacttives, and then a political spin meister to run the diplomacy section at the state department. i think we were too caught up at that
to their propagation, one trades some potential freedom do have action. we are not going to let the kids to grow up and choose, or i am going to make a commitment. i consider myself a citizen of the world as an example of one who won't accept responsibility. in a community one trades some freedom of action for increased security in the moment, and two community members share certain basic assumptions, and so their behavior is more predictable. they may violate community standards, but the penalty -- which is as ostracism -- is clear and costly, and so transgression of the norms is more restricted. but time with strangers must constantly be spent establishing the limits of intimacy. our most compact social limit is the family and functions almost completely in modes of behavior so long and definitely established that they become unconscious. in a family how one greets, praises, reprimands, apologizes, lies, demands, complains, these forms -- though unconscious -- are to the family completely known and completely clear, and the inclusion of even the most beloved of house quests shatters the ease of t
. there is always that easily justified course of action that they can choose to take. dolley madison despite the fact that she sold paul jennings setting the price at $200 and acknowledged this was a low price because of his service. what impresses me is jennings had a great generosity of spirit because when he was working for western he would go to dolley madison. by this time jennings -- desired the necessities of life. he would come with a basket fulls of provisions and give her small sums of money from his own pocket. that impresses me. >> frederick douglass says it is the cruelest master who brings you very close -- the good masters someone who -- you are eating from his table and wearing his hand me down clothes and have a lot of liberty but that is the cruelest master because he brings you so close but at the same point you don't have your liberty. jennings eventually wanted his freedom but also hercules who is george washington's slave, he ran away. how deep was paul jennings's motivation to gain his freedom? >> let me say as someone who was responsible for interpretation at monticel
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